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Police officers from around Wisconsin want to open a museum in Madison dedicated to efforts by men and women in law enforcement, and they have the support of University of Wisconsin men’s basketball coach Bo Ryan.
The Wisconsin Law Enforcement Museum of Valor would showcase “stories of law enforcement courage, duty and sacrifice,” according to a statement from the nonprofit organization of the same name working to make the museum a reality.
Ryan, who was a military police officer in the Army before he became a coach, is the group’s honorary chairman.
The organization’s board of trustees includes members from a number of police unions in the state, including Madison Professional Police Officers Association secretary Scott Favour. James Palmer, executive director of the Wisconsin Professional Police Association, is the group’s chief executive officer.
The group plans to work with Wisconsin businesses to fund the museum.
Along with stories and artifacts from Wisconsin’s law enforcement history, the museum also would include a theater and exhibits such as a squad car simulator and interactive bomb robot, organizers said.
The charity also plans to raise money for other efforts, including a scholarship program for college students interested in law enforcement.
By Nico Savadge of WSJ on May 13, 2014